Are you working too hard?

October 29, 2009

A friend and colleague sent me a fascinating article last week from the October issue of Fast Company. All about how hard work is overrated and could even be detrimental.

Now, isn’t that a different way to look at things?

One part of the article really hit home:

We agreed that a lot of what we then considered “working hard” was actually “freaking out”. Freaking out included panicking, working on things just to be working on something, not knowing what we were doing, fearing failure, worrying about things we needn’t have worried about,… getting distracted by competitors, being at the office since just being there seemed productive even if it wasn’t– and other time-consuming activities…

Much more important than working hard is knowing how to find the right thing to work on.

(You can read the entire article here.)

I challenge you to look at your day – how much of your “working hard” if “freaking out”? Are you actually giving yourself any time to think? Or are you just reacting all day long?

Since one of the ideas the authors speak about is the power of daydreaming (turns out your brain is actually very active then), do you let yourself do that?

I am going to build in some daydreaming time! What about you?


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